Branden Grace had an amazing year so far and topped his achievements list by winning the Nedbank Challenge. The 29 year old South African golfer defeated Scotland’s Scott Jamieson by a stroke, who was then followed by France’s Victor Dubuisson. It seems that Scotland doesn’t have a lot of luck these days if you consider Michele Thomson who also lost a tournament by a stroke in favour of Camille Chevalier.
This success comes only 4 months after he became the first ever player to shoot a sub-63 in major championship history. Grace managed to shoot 62 at the Open championship earlier this year. If you closely follow stats like this and you sometimes even think that you can predict the outcomes of some games, then you might think about betting on competitive sports, in order to add some excitement to the games.
Jamieson and Grace fought over the first position for the better part of the final day until the par-3 16th. In fact, Grace was 3 strokes behind Jamieson and he knew he had to work hard to stand a chance for the title. His patience and ability to seize the opportunities that were thrown at him during the game brought him one step closer to the big victory.
They were tied on 11 under when Jamieson took a shot that flew way to the right hitting a grandstand and ending up short of a greenside bunker. Grace followed and shot roughly 40 ft. from the cup.
Jamieson’s up again and he does an awesome flop-shot that landed nicely on the fringe before lipping out. This miss could have made the difference between failure and victory. Had it succeeded, this shot would have been the unlikeliest birdie of the week. However, the minute Grace did a birdie of his own, it was clear he was taking the lead.
Grace said this success is a dream come true for him. The Nedbank Challenge is a big deal in the life of any South African golfer apart from the fact that it’s Africa’s major for a reason. He expressed his happiness to be among those who put their name on the trophy.
Anyway, Jamieson manage to rise 53 spots on the money list to claim one of the 60 places available for the Race to Dubai. Another Britt, but this time from England, Tommy Fleetwood extended his lead at the top of the Race to Dubai. Only Justin Rose and the Masters champion Sergio Garcia could possibly pass the young Englishman.
All in all, it’s not such a bad week for Britain. Sure, they lost 2 titles, but let’s focus on the fact that they got 2 second places at international tournaments plus a long-time leader in the Race to Dubai.